(1)   The act of putting things in a sequential arrangement
"There were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"
(2)   (architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans
(3)   A degree in a continuum of size or quantity
"It was on the order of a mile"
"An explosion of a low order of magnitude"
(4)   A commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities
"IBM received an order for a hundred computers"
(5)   A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
"A friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
(6)   A body of rules followed by an assembly
(7)   (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed
"The British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London"
(8)   A request for food or refreshment (as served in a restaurant or bar etc.)
"I gave the waiter my order"
(9)   (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
(10)   A group of person living under a religious rule
"The order of Saint Benedict"
(11)   A formal association of people with similar interests
"He joined a golf club"
"They formed a small lunch society"
"Men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
(12)   Logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements
"We shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"
(13)   (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy
"Theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate Order"
(14)   Established customary state (especially of society)
"Order ruled in the streets"
"Law and order"
(15)   A condition of regular or proper arrangement
"He put his desk in order"
"The machine is now in working order"


(16)   Place in a certain order
"Order these files"
(17)   Bring order to or into
"Order these files"
(18)   Assign a rank or rating to
"How would you rank these students?"
"The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
(19)   Arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events
"Arrange my schedule"
"Set up one's life"
"I put these memories with those of bygone times"
(20)   Make a request for something
"Order me some flowers"
"Order a work stoppage"
(21)   Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
"I said to him to go home"
"She ordered him to do the shopping"
"The mother told the child to get dressed"
(22)   Issue commands or orders for
(23)   Appoint to a clerical posts
"He was ordained in the Church"
(24)   Bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
"We cannot regulate the way people dress"
"This town likes to regulate"


  1. Arrangement, disposition, sequence.
  2. The state of being well arranged.
  3. A command.
  4. A request for some product or service.
  5. A group of religious adherents, especially monks or nuns, set apart within their religion by adherence to a particular rule or set of principles; as, the Jesuit Order.
  6. A society of knights; as, the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Bath.
  7. A decoration, awarded by a government, a dynastic house, or a religious body to an individual, usually for distinguished service to a nation or to humanity.
  8. A rank in the classification of organisms, below class and above family; a taxon at that rank
    Magnolias belong to the order Magnoliales.
  9. The sequence in which a side’s batsmen bat; the batting order.
  10. a power of polynomial function in an electronic circuit’s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
    • a 3-stage cascade of a 2nd-order bandpass Butterworth filter.
  11. The overall power of the rate law of a chemical reaction, expressed as a polynomial function of concentrations of reactants and products.
  12. The cardinality, or number of elements in a set or related structure.
  13. The number of vertices in a graph
  14. A partially ordered set.


  • 1611King James Version of the Bible, Luke 1:1
    Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...


  1. To set in (any) order (1).
  2. To set in (a good) order (2).
  3. To issue a command.
  4. To request some product or service.